U.S. Senators go after head of Instagram over how platform can harm children
News/World: The head of a U.S. Senate panel examining social media's negative effects on young people has dismissed as "a public relations tactic" some safety measures announced by Instagram, the popular photo-sharing platform associated with Facebook.
Boris Johnson calls for tighter COVID restrictions amid rise in omicron variant
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced tighter restrictions Wednesday to stem the spread of the omicron variant, urging people in England to again work from home and mandating COVID-19 passes for entrance into nightclubs and large events.
South African regulator approves Pfizer booster vaccine after surge in Covid cases
International: SAHPRA approved the use of Pfizer’s Comirnaty® COVID-19 vaccine after BioNTech and Pfizer announced that two doses of their vaccine may not be enough to protect against the Omicron variant
Why Putin is willing to risk a catastrophic war to dominate Ukraine
The Russian troops assembled at its border with Ukraine sends a clear signal to Kyiv, Europe, and the United States that Russia might finally be ready to reincorporate Ukraine into Russia’s sphere of influence, severely increasing the risk of a major military escalation in Europe’s eastern frontier.
US Navy seized Iranian petroleum products and hundreds of missiles from vessels in Arabian Sea
The US Navy seized hundreds of Iranian missiles and 1.1 million barrels of Iranian petroleum products from vessels in the Arabian Sea in what became the US government's "largest-ever forfeiture of fuel and weapons shipments from Iran," according to a release from the Justice Department.
California could become an abortion 'sanctuary' if other states ban the procedure
News/World: California abortion clinics and their allies in the state Legislature on Wednesday revealed a plan to make the state a "sanctuary" for those seeking reproductive care, including possibly paying for travel, lodging and procedures for people from other states.